Not everyone can be a scientist. But that doesn’t mean that the rest of us can’t be interested in stories that have a scientific angle to them. Sci-fi is one of the most popular genres today, and various storytellers have told fascinating tales by twisting the concepts of space and time. It gives the storyteller the freedom to think of the impossible. There have been ground breaking sci-fi movies throughout the history of cinema.
Movies like 2001 A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Alien, The Matrix, The Terminator etc. have set up high standards. The immense success of these films has encouraged the filmmakers to experiment further, by introducing more complicated subject matters to the audience. The acclaim amassed by films like ‘Arrival’ have proved that sci-fi isn’t just something to dazzle the audience with while making money in the process. These stories can be riveting, exciting and emotionally saturated, at the same time. The future is jam-packed with sci-fi movies, so fans of the genre should ready themselves to be introduced to some amazing new stories and pack their (imaginary!) bags to venture into new places.
Every year new sci-fi movies with original ideas or stories adapted from a book are being released. There are so many exciting projects coming up, like the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel ‘Armada’, and two more follow-ups in works for ‘Avatar’. With a couple of remakes, some sequels and the adaptations of some electrifying novels, here is the list of upcoming science fiction movies (new releases) that one should keep an eye on. We hope these latest sci-fi movies are as good as some of the recent ones.
16. Hellboy (2019)
The news of Hellboy getting rebooted with a new cast without Ron Perlman caused a minor uproar among fans. But it was calmed down later when it was announced that ‘Stranger Things’ actor David Harbour was cast in the titular role. The film will be directed by Neil Marshall. The film also stars Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich and Sasha Lane. The production on the film has begun and the film has an official release date of 12th April, 2019. Hope we get to see the fan favorite hero back on the big screen in an amazing manner.
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15. Super Intelligence (2019)
Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest actresses in Hollywood today. With her exceptional comic timing and effortless acting, she makes every movie that she is on a fun ride. Her upcoming ‘Super Intelligence’ is a comedy with a twist of science-fiction. It tells the story of Carol Peters, a woman who is fed up of living her uninteresting life. But everything changes when the appliances in her home start talking to her. At first, she feels like she is going mad, but soon, it is revealed that she is the research source for the world’s first superintelligence. James Corden has given the voice of the superintelligence, and Bobby Cannavale, Sam Richardson, and Karan Soni (‘Deadpool’) also star.
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14. Code 8 (2019)
It takes a lot of work to make a movie. You need a good script, a strong cast, a great location, and many other things. But, the most important thing that you need is, well, money! The backing of a good production house can come in handy in such a circumstance. However, there are other ways to get the money too! No, I am not talking about any indulgence in illegal activities! I am talking about fundraisers. Stephen and Robbie Amell did something similar for their first film project. They created a short film, which was released in 2016, to show people what they had, and then they asked people to invest in their project, which actually turned out to be a huge success. (Talk about “for the people, by the people”!) It focuses on a man with superpowers, living in a dystopian society, on the run from the law.
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13. Captive State (2019)
If, and when, an advanced extra-terrestrial force decides to attack us and take over the control of this world, we always assume that they will completely annihilate humanity and take over the Earth as a new home for themselves. But what if they are just here to conquer and try their game on slavery? In that case, humanity will be segregated into two distinct types. There will be a type of the people who will keep on resisting the new regime, unwilling to give up their freedom, no matter how it was and what it entailed. On the other hand, there will be a section that will find that subduing to the new rulers is a better way to live. ‘Captive State’ follows the story of such people. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, it stars Vera Farmiga, John Goodman and Machine Gun Kelly in the leading roles. The film is scheduled to release on 29th March, 2019.
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12. Chaos Walking (2019)
Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley’s career quickly escalated when they donned the roles of Peter Parker/Spiderman and Rey, respectively. Holland has proved himself as a promising actor by appearing in films like ‘The Impossible’ and ‘The Lost City of Z’, and has gained his own set of fandoms after becoming a major part of the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Daisy Ridley had been a part of independent films before she got her first big break in the form of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. It is the presence of these promising actors in ‘Chaos Walking’ that has us so excited for it. The story is set in a futuristic world and a new planet where every thought is readable. But when Todd Hewitt finds Viola Eade, he realises that she is the key to solving the puzzle of this new place. The film is scheduled to release on 1st March, 2019.
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11. Gemini Man (2019)
The concept of ‘Gemini Man’ had been hovering around in Hollywood for a long time. Had Disney had the required technology on its hands, about two decades ago, this film would have already graced our screen. But patience is a virtue and for some good things, one has to wait. And now, that wait is over. One of the things that make its anticipation so palpable is that it is helmed by the celebrated director Ang Lee (‘Brokeback Mountain’, ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’). It will star Will Smith in the leading role of Henry Brogen, an assassin whose past catches up to him in the form of his younger self. The film is scheduled to release on 4th October, 2019.
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10. Men in Black International (2019)
Will Smith has been a part of some great films in his career, and ‘the Men in Black franchise’ counts as one of those films. In its three instalments, we followed the adventures of two agents who battled all sorts of threats on Earth, from aliens to vampires and werewolves. This instalment acts to branch out the series further. A spin-off of the original film, it focuses on the British branch of the organization. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star in the leading role, while Liam Neeson and Kumail Nanjiani have also joined the cast. Emma Thompson will reprise her role from the previous instalment. The film has already wrapped up shooting and is set to be released in the first half of next year. The film is scheduled to release on 4th June, 2019.
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9. Terminator 6 (2019)
Even though the ‘Terminator franchise’ enjoyed a lot of popularity in its initial phase, its development went rather slack. The first two movies of the franchise, ‘Terminator’ and ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’, were great. But, since the third instalment, it all went downhill. ‘Terminator Salvation’ was, unarguably, the worst time for the franchise. Even Christian Bale’s stardom couldn’t save it. Things looked a little brighter when Arnold Schwarzenegger returned for ‘Terminator Genisys’, assisted by Emilia Clarke, who had recently found popularity after ‘Game of Thrones’. It was okay, but living up to the repertoire of the first two films was still not achieved. But, once again, the filmmakers have decided to start with a clean slate, and letting go of the storyline since the third film, ‘Terminator 6’ will be a direct sequel to the second installment. The great news is that Linda Hamilton will be returning to portray the role of Sarah Connor. The film is scheduled to release on 1st November, 2019.
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8. Star Wars: Episode IX (2019)
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ will be the final installment the sequel trilogy. Yes, you have heard it right, The Skywalker saga will come to an end with episode 9. J.J Abrams, who directed ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, will conclude the trilogy. Mark Hamill is returning for the final chapter of Luke Skywalker. Late Carrie Fisher will also feature in the film, directors have decided to use some unused footage of her from episode 7. J.J Abrams is back in the director’s chair, and the film is set for a release in December of 2019. It will surely be an incredible experience to see the ending of this chapter. Not going to lie, I cried a little when Mark Hamill showed up at the end of Episode 7, Skywalker Saga is very relatable, not because we all are Jedi knights per say, but because it is an ultimate underdog story of good people who shouldn’t even have a chance against the powerful evil. It already has a release date as December 20, 2019.
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7. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Set in the futuristic world, this film will focus on the story of a cyborg who finds herself in a post-apocalyptic world without any memories from the past. A scientist finds her, gives her a new body and they venture on a journey that unravels the mysteries behind Alita’s past. Based on the cyberpunk manga, ‘Battle Angel Alita’, this film was supposed to be made a very long time ago. James Cameron was set to direct it, but then, he got busy with ‘Avatar’ and the following projects, and ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ went through a developmental hell. Until now! The film has succeeded in getting itself made and will finally be released in February next year. The fans of the manga series have a great reason to be excited about. With actors like Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly and Mahershala Ali, the film holds a lot of promise. The film is scheduled to release on 14th February, 2019.
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6. Ad Astra (2019)
James Gray has given us movies like ‘Two Lovers’, ‘The Immigrant’ and ‘The Lost City of Z’. In his films, he rarely shies away from the truth of the world that his characters inhabit and the emotions that they go through. In his latest project, something similar can be expected. Every year, or so, we get movies that are set in space. These films take us on a journey where space travel has become easier, and more advanced than it is now. Space voyage seems like a good prospect. However, Gray has already mentioned that ‘Ad Astra’ will focus on the reality of the situations that astronauts have to face in their travels. It tells the story of a man who ventures on a journey through the solar system to find out what happened to his father, who had left on a mission to Neptune, twenty years ago. The film is scheduled to release on 24th May, 2019.
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5. Dune (2020)
If made right, ‘Dune’ will perhaps be one of the most sophisticated films of the year (whatever year it is released in). Based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name, the story of ‘Dune’ is as complex as its profound themes. I find it a bit difficult to explain because so many things happen at once in it, and it would take half this article to explain that. A TV adaptation and a movie, along with a documentary about a movie that wasn’t released, exist, but none of them came close to the true substance of it. But now, with Denis Villeneuve, the director of ‘Arrival’ and ‘Blade Runner 2049’, at the helm, things seem to be taking a positive turn. Timothee Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson have been cast, so that flames the excitement. However, let’s keep a lid on that for now, until it takes some substantial shape!
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4. Robopocalypse (TBD)
Humans have been increasingly depending on technology for everything. The introduction of artificial intelligence has made matters easier. However, storytellers have often used this backdrop to show how this smart technology might be the end of humans. A similar concept is explored in Daniel H. Wilson’s book of the same name, on which this film is based. After the machines have taken over the world, the remaining humans join forces to fight back. Earlier Steven Spielberg was set to direct the film, however, due to something-something, the hat of the director has now been placed on the head of Michael Bay. Also, Chris Hemsworth is set to star in the leading role.
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3. The Six Billion Dollar Man (2020)
Based on the TV series, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man, which, in turn, was based on a book named ‘Cyborg’, ‘The Six Billion Dollar Man’ will feature Mark Wahlberg as, well, a cyborg, sort of! The story is centred around Steve Austin. He is an astronaut who suffers fatal injuries after his spaceship crashes. There is only one way to save him, by replacing his body parts with something better. He agrees to this secret science project of the government and discovers that it comes with a lot of perks. However, there is no such thing as a free life, and Austin will soon understand this.
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2. The Division (TBA)
Based on Tom Clancy’s hit video-game of the same name, this film will be set in a near-future where a bioterrorist attack has paralysed the social structure of New York City. In order to restore the balance, a special agency called the Strategic Homeland Division, or simply the Division has been brought into action. As various factions try to gain control of whatever power they can have over the city, the scientists try to find a cure. Meanwhile, rogue entities are building a stronghold in the city. The film is set to be directed by David Leitch, the director of films like ‘John Wick’, ‘Atomic Blonde’ and ‘Deadpool 2’. Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain have already been cast in the leading roles.
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1. Avatar 2 (2020)
It has been almost a decade since James Cameron’s masterpiece, ‘Avatar’ graced the screens, and the wait is over for its sequel, almost! You’ll have to wait a tad bit more, but the future looks pretty good for the fans of this film. Another sequel has already been announced (so, this is certainly not the end of the story), and the stakes are higher and better for this one. If you are wondering “what took so long to make this sequel?”, then you should know that the director had been waiting around for a tech that hadn’t been used, or maybe even conceived, before! Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang, among others, are set to reprise their roles. Sigourney Weaver will return, but clearly in a different manner, because things sort of ended for her role, the last time we saw her! The film is scheduled to release on 18th December, 2020.
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